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Steely Dan — Bodhisattva
Album: Countdown to Ecstasy
Avg rating:
7.2

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Total ratings: 1888









Released: 1973
Length: 5:11
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Bodhisattva
Would you take me by the hand
Bodhisattva
Would you take me by the hand
Can you show me
The shine of your Japan
The sparkle of your china
Can you show me
Bodhisattva

Bodhisattva
I'm gonna sell my house in town
Bodhisattva
I'm gonna sell my house in town
And I'll be there
To shine in your Japan
To sparkle in your China
Yes, I'll be there
Bodhisattva

Bodhisattva
Would you take me by the hand
Bodhisattva
Would you take me by the hand
Can you show me
The shine of your Japan
The sparkle of your china
Can you show me
Bodhisattva

Bodhisattva
I'm gonna sell my house in town
Bodhisattva
I'm gonna sell my house in town
And I'll be there
To shine in your Japan
To sparkle in your China
Yes, I'll be there
Bodhisattva

Bodhisattva, Bodhisattva, Bodhisattva
Bodhisattva, Bodhisattva, Bodhisattva
Bodhisattva, look out
Comments (247)add comment
 DW4554 wrote:
Exceptional tune. One of the better SD compositions to cover while jamming with your band in an all night free for all. If everyone takes a solo, one run through can last an hour or more.

Exhilarating. Better than sex.
 
You had me right up until that last sentence.
More of The Dan pls BillG!
 daveinnj wrote:
Listening to RP for 20 years now I can honestly say it's the Gold Standard of Radio. But Steely Dan isn't 20 years old, it's 40 years old. And that moves RP squarely into the genre of 'Oldies Station'. So much of the must isn't 20 years old, it's 40. 
 

"There are only two kinds of music - good and bad" - Duke Ellington.
This is why I listen to RP. It's the strongest collection of "good music" I've encountered on the web yet. 
 daveinnj wrote:
Listening to RP for 20 years now I can honestly say it's the Gold Standard of Radio. But Steely Dan isn't 20 years old, it's 40 years old. And that moves RP squarely into the genre of 'Oldies Station'. So much of the must isn't 20 years old, it's 40. 
 

Age means nothing. Music is timeless. 
 daveinnj wrote:
Listening to RP for 20 years now I can honestly say it's the Gold Standard of Radio. But Steely Dan isn't 20 years old, it's 40 years old. And that moves RP squarely into the genre of 'Oldies Station'. So much of the must isn't 20 years old, it's 40. 
 
If you've actually been listening to RP for 20 years then you'll have noticed that Bill not only keeps a pretty firm handle on the music he grew up with (that yes, is 40+ years old), but also manages to do a stellar job of keeping up with contemporary music across a fascinating array of genres. Maybe you're one of those folks that hits PSD each time something new comes on and you just don't notice how many decades are being offered?

My musical tastes were formed in the 70s onward, and sure, Bill covers decades fore and aft of that. I've only been an RP listener for 5 years now, but I am constantly being introduced to not only "new to me" but new, period, music here on RP - and it's one of the reasons I love it here. Keep it up, Bill - some of us think you're doing just fine.
 DW4554 wrote:
Exceptional tune. One of the better SD compositions to use jamming with your band in an all night free for all. If everyone takes a solo, one run through can last an hour or more.

Exhilarating. Better than sex.
 
Yea verily.  Nothing worse than an unexplored riff, especially a hooky one.
Cheers...Happy hour is here.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWgApS...
 daveinnj wrote:
Listening to RP for 20 years now I can honestly say it's the Gold Standard of Radio. But Steely Dan isn't 20 years old, it's 40 years old. And that moves RP squarely into the genre of 'Oldies Station'. So much of the must isn't 20 years old, it's 40. 
 
If you are really a loving long-time listener of RP you would already know that great music is timeless.  The old, older, new, and newest are all here for our enjoyment.
What a great playlist tonight! This another band a never appreciated until I was older.
Exceptional tune. One of the better SD compositions to cover while jamming with your band in an all night free for all. If everyone takes a solo, one run through can last an hour or more.

Exhilarating. Better than sex.
 Kereall wrote:
bad song
 
-ass
Darn Wiki, I know he's moved on from this planet, but it seems wrong to list Walter B as a "past" member. (...maybe passed member?)  His is a sound I miss.
 Kereall should've  wrote:
not a bad song
 
bad song
 WonderLizard wrote:

If I recall correctly, the cover artist submitted the proof to the suits at MCA, and the feedback she got was, "There's only three guys on the cover. There are five guys in the band." So she added the two "ghost" figures on the left. Bizarrely funny.
 

10+ !
Their live version of this song is really awesome too

I try not to pay attention to many of the comments. I like what I like. This is excellent. 
 Proclivities wrote:

I don't think Steely Dan was quite as polarizing a band back in the 1970s; at least not as much as it seems in these song comments.  An album like "Aja" proved that they had pretty universal appeal; some people may not have "loved" all of their output back then, but most people seemed to have at least liked some of their songs.  It wasn't as much of a black-or-white, binary thing as it seems in the song comments here.  After "Aja" they did progressively get more into an "easy listening" or "yacht rock" style which seemed to have less "edge", and may have soured some people - maybe that's where the animosity here comes from.
 

Pretty much wore out my cassette of The Royal Scam back then.
Warning:  Induces chicken skin.
My mood just went to “20”!!👍🏻💯🙌🏻
 Highspirits wrote:
oooh  two comments in a row!    ok, I'm out of my chair dancing around now......totally rocked me out of my bad mood!

who's dancing with me?
 
ME!
Listening to RP for 20 years now I can honestly say it's the Gold Standard of Radio. But Steely Dan isn't 20 years old, it's 40 years old. And that moves RP squarely into the genre of 'Oldies Station'. So much of the must isn't 20 years old, it's 40. 
Buddha may not be a god, but this is indeed godlike. Soooo good. Caught the first reunion tour in Vancouver (late 90s, early 00s?) and while not in my Top 10 concerts it was still a stellar show.
{#Devil_pimp}very zesty indeed! saw em at the seattle paramount in 74 or so touring on pretzel logic played that cover to cover 3 encores and this was last song all the original line up and believe me when I say denny dias every bit as talented as skunk / top 5 live concerts ever !
And Walter said, "I'll do the cookin' on this one..."
Wow...this segue was absolute perfection...to go from being sad and pensive (with Tom Petty song) to jumping out of my chair dancing!!
Got 7 CD's of Steely Dan, perfect music. Was so sad to hear about Walter Becker, R.I.P.
Saw them in Vegas in April...with Walter{#Bananajam}
Saw them in Dublin in October. Great performance! Unfortunately without Walter... ;-)
 On_The_Beach wrote:

My pick for best Dan album.

 
My pick for best Dan song.
 gatorade wrote:
1973 and it still holds up so well. Nothing like them. Nothing.
 
My pick for best Dan album.
1973 and it still holds up so well. Nothing like them. Nothing.
 boontonite wrote:
One of their very best!

 
The whole album is superb
R.I.P. Walter
Saw them a couple of months ago in Vegas, three of their nine show residency. They played this one every night, I think. And it cranks like a mofo. Still.

The whole band is really great. Worth your time.
 Highlowsel wrote:
...Anyway, over time I've noticed SD has always been a polarizer.  Love 'em, or can't stand 'em, there's seldom any in-between.  Being a person who appreciates them I've always been puzzled by those who don't seem to get them.  But there's all kinds of music appreciation out there isn't there?  Everyone can always find something more to their tastes. 
I will say this....back in 1973 there were a ton of groups playing a variety of stuff in their singular fashion.  And it was good stuff, too.  But the Steely seemed to reside in a Universe all their own.  And I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed them then; and still do today. 

Highlow
American Net'Zen

 
I don't think Steely Dan was quite as polarizing a band back in the 1970s; at least not as much as it seems in these song comments.  An album like "Aja" proved that they had pretty universal appeal; some people may not have "loved" all of their output back then, but most people seemed to have at least liked some of their songs.  It wasn't as much of a black-or-white, binary thing as it seems in the song comments here.  After "Aja" they did progressively get more into an "easy listening" or "yacht rock" style which seemed to have less "edge", and may have soured some people - maybe that's where the animosity here comes from.
Wow...44 years ago and I'm still bopping in my chair to this.  Thanks, Bill, for reminding us that great rock still rocks.
Released in 1973.  Forty four....count 'em.....4...4....years ago.  Yeeesh.  Has it all gone by that fast?  A cautionary aside to the young ones here.  Enjoy your adventure...it all goes by in the blink of an eye if you don't keep the focus...and even if you do....here today, gone tomorrow. 

Anyway, over time I've noticed SD has always been a polarizer.  Love 'em, or can't stand 'em, there's seldom any in-between.  Being a person who appreciates them I've always been puzzled by those who don't seem to get them.  But there's all kinds of music appreciation out there isn't there?  Everyone can always find something more to their tastes. 

I will say this....back in 1973 there were a ton of groups playing a variety of stuff in their singular fashion.  And it was good stuff, too.  But the Steely seemed to reside in a Universe all their own.  And I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed them then; and still do today. 

Highlow
American Net'Zen
 tiler wrote:
the best of the best of players in one of the best of times 
SD...it's in the jazz fusion rockin poppin intelligent eclectic blues thoughts of our minds
 
YES! (at least, I think I agree)
the best of the best of players in one of the best of times 
SD...it's in the jazz fusion rockin poppin intelligent eclectic blues thoughts of our minds 
Just like RP 
 idiot_wind wrote:
The repetitive chanting at the end of the song (given the song content)...is so freakin cool.

 
This whole album is freakin cool!
The repetitive chanting at the end of the song (given the song content)...is so freakin cool.
Abso-frigging-lutley.  They can do guitar better than I can do split-f'ing-infinitives.

 

boontonite wrote:
One of their very best!

 


{#Notworthy}
 d48m02h1918 wrote:
Yes, like the post before me said......absolutely 
 
 
Wicked tune indeed! (Tim sure carries a dynamite smile)
 jhorton wrote:
Wow, when I was in high school, I thought this song sucked.

Now that I'm older and wiser, it still sucks but now it's real old too! 

But Look at how fast I can play the guitar while that other guy sings gibberish! 

 Steely_D wrote:

OTOH, it's my favorite frantic blues song about unattachment and spiritual enlightenment.

You see what they did there, combining those two completely different ideas into a song?

 
Well said.  I knew you'd be up to taking this h8r to task, Steely_D. 
This is why SD was one of the greatest bands of the 1970s. The guitar riffs are out of this world, the syncopation is fantastic, and the lyrics are spiritual and funny.

And their album covers were works of art.

Who else do this?  

 
Very cool
 jhorton wrote:
Wow, when I was in high school, I thought this song sucked.

Now that I'm older and wiser, it still sucks but now it's real old too! 

But Look at how fast I can play the guitar while that other guy sings gibberish! 

 
OTOH, it's my favorite frantic blues song about unattachment and spiritual enlightenment.

You see what they did there, combining those two completely different ideas into a song?
A workmate used to pick me up at the bus stop if he saw me standing there, and we'd hammer this song whilst sitting in the traffic jam. Love it!
One of their very best!
Bodhi-stoppa .... {#Drunk}
perfect 10! Saw them like in '73. there was nothing like skunk baxter on this guitar solo! they are still amazing live (short of skunk of course)…
Love the guitar!  Well, really the whole thing.  Tight.  Unfortunately those who may not be big fans of SD can't get past the Bodhisattva Bodhisattva, Bodhisattva....
Crazed excellence.
 markthecarp wrote:
rp underplayed.  some songs i would like to hear every day.  this is one....or any/all steely day.  ftm: the recent mark/almond 'california' reminded me that they are in that category too.

 
Wow, just what I was thinking, as that just happened again today.  Thanks Bill!! :)
Great song =) {#Dancingbanana_2}
Sofa king good.
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
{#Heartkiss}{#Heartkiss}  ..... just luv the Dan
 
The live version of this song is great
This exchange of comments made me laugh to tears. My wife came into the room to see what I thought was so funny I was laughing so hard. 

I'm always amazed by the criticism some people here have of some of the music that is played here. But the exchanges between those that like the music and those that don't can be a real hoot.
the rating scale needs to go up up up up for this one !!

Fantastic tune

 If you are not up dancing wildly.....you are dead!
 jhorton wrote:
Wow, when I was in high school, I thought this song sucked.

Now that I'm older and wiser, it still sucks but now it's real old too! 

But Look at how fast I can play the guitar while that other guy sings gibberish! 

 
So now that the song is older, that makes it even worse?
Here's hoping you bust out of that musical trailer park you're in. 
This is the kind of music which belongs on poor TV commercials to punish those who don't hit mute or use a DVR.
{#Bananajam}{#Bananasplit} pretty groovy!
oooh  two comments in a row!    ok, I'm out of my chair dancing around now......totally rocked me out of my bad mood!

who's dancing with me?
fantastic song!  one for my desert island collection!
 LowPhreak wrote:

I'm surprised you ever made it to high school.

From the looks of things, you've gotten older but no wiser.

 
He said he was in high school, he never said he graduated.
It would be such a dull world if we all liked d the same things {#Flamed}
 jhorton wrote:
Wow, when I was in high school, I thought this song sucked.

Now that I'm older and wiser, it still sucks but now it's real old too! 

But Look at how fast I can play the guitar while that other guy sings gibberish! 

 
I'm surprised you ever made it to high school.

From the looks of things, you've gotten older but no wiser.
Wow, when I was in high school, I thought this song sucked.

Now that I'm older and wiser, it still sucks but now it's real old too! 

But Look at how fast I can play the guitar while that other guy sings gibberish! 
 zubeneschamli wrote:
More, please! This is why there's a 10 on the ratings scale. 

 
{#Notworthy} ..... yes yes yes {#Dance}
 scraig wrote:


Which hand would you like her to take?

 
Oh baby, can you imagine the massage off that?
 winotron wrote:

Only the Shins lack the musical prowess to play something even remotely this complex.

 

Thank you. I have nothing against the Shins, but they are not worthy to be compared to the Dan.{#Snooty}
{#Heartkiss}{#Heartkiss}  ..... just luv the Dan


Which hand would you like her to take?
More, please! This is why there's a 10 on the ratings scale. 
Pure Bliss to the ears!!

This song rivals any I've EVER heard for amazing guitar....! {#Cheers} 
{#Bananapiano} The Dan rule.  OK.
Well... you know the thing about not saying anything if you don't have anything good to say? Yeah. 
 Hannio wrote:


Hmm.  You may have something there.

 
Only the Shins lack the musical prowess to play something even remotely this complex.
rp underplayed.  some songs i would like to hear every day.  this is one....or any/all steely day.  ftm: the recent mark/almond 'california' reminded me that they are in that category too.
 k_trout wrote:
No band in '73 was making anything like this - very unique and very very musically talented and sophisticated.  The Dan rocks and will endure.

 
{#Jump}
 Cynaera wrote:
I'd love it if, when one clicks on the "Album Info" link, they'd actually get info on "Pretzel Logic" instead of "A Decade of Steely Dan." Feh...  I love the Dan (and never mind that the band's namesake is a dildo in "Naked Lunch"), and they're currently ON TOUR!!!! Quite the stellar batch of musicians and vocalists, too. Before I die, I want to see these guys in concert, because I've loved their music since "Can't Buy A Thrill."
 

miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...
 
 milleronic wrote:
Steely Dan = The Shins of the 70's. 

 

Hmm.  You may have something there.
Wrong LP title.   'Bodhisattva' was on 'Countdown To Ecstacy' and 'A Decade of Steely Dan'  not on 'Pretzel Logic'.  

marvelous...  love it...


Steely Dan = The Shins of the 70's. 
 Cynaera wrote:
I'd love it if, when one clicks on the "Album Info" link, they'd actually get info on "Pretzel Logic" instead of "A Decade of Steely Dan." Feh...  I love the Dan (and never mind that the band's namesake is a dildo in "Naked Lunch"), and they're currently ON TOUR!!!! Quite the stellar batch of musicians and vocalists, too. Before I die, I want to see these guys in concert, because I've loved their music since "Can't Buy A Thrill."

 
I hope you got to see them Cynaera!

I went to see them a few years ago and it was a religious experience.

Loved skiing to this song on my Sony Walkman;)
One of the best groups ever.  Great series of records that they put out.  Heavy jazz influence and use of jazz artists.
Nice jazz groove but then it just gets irritating. Not Steely Dan's best.
Man, talk about having your head spin - I was just chatting online with an old friend I haven't seen in years, we were talking about being at a party and hearing this song, the first time we had heard Steely Dan. And now it hits my earphones almost 40 years later to the day.

Sheesh, I am unconnected, as Kurt Vonnegut would say. 

Definition of BODHISATTVA

: a being that compassionately refrains from entering nirvana in order to save others and is worshipped as a deity in Mahayana Buddhism

Yes, like the post before me said......absolutely 
 
The sparkle in your china.
Smokin' tune.
The sparkle in your....What?

One of my favorite Steelies.


No band in '73 was making anything like this - very unique and very very musically talented and sophisticated.  The Dan rocks and will endure.
yuck
The Dan at their rockin' best.
 Businessgypsy wrote:
According to critic Viscount LaCarte (is that a real name?):
Arguably The Dan's hardest rocking tune (ostensibly about people dabbling in eastern philosophy as if it was a trifle,)
 
Bill followed this up with Kula Shaker - Tattva, which might just qualify as that "dabbling".
I really like both songs, though.
Pretty sure this was The Police!!
 JoepKoperdraat wrote:
This song is from Countdown to Ecstasy and not from Pretzel Logic
 

DITTO ...but just a wee mistake that can be forgiven
This rating should be a 8.5 or higher.

Check out the strange lyrics (typical for them).

Check out the two kick ass guitars. Takes you out and then back to...tight syncopation (sp) which is outrageous.  

Key boards just add to the groove.
Ah....the 1970s. What a decade for music.

Oh yeah, do you all get the repeat/chanting of Bodhisattva in the last chorus at the end and how it reinforces the concept for the song? 

I REALLY like Steely.... but this is one of the worst of all

 
 martinc wrote:
Didn't Rick Derringer also play on this song?
 

I believe that Rick Derringer played on "Show Biz Kids", another excellent song on the "Countdown to Ecstasy" album
Every Steely Dan song has a blistering guitar lead somewhere in there. I listen for that. Nice band in every iteration, but let's rock a bit boys.
This song is from Countdown to Ecstasy and not from Pretzel Logic
This was the first "CD" that I ever purchased!
Oh, I love that piano at the end!!!
 Cynaera wrote:
Jeff Baxter did his stint with the Doobie Brothers. At one point, he was so apathetic (or lazy) that he went onstage in his bathrobe and slippers. It didn't hinder his performance - if anything, it raised the bar for "underdressing." To me, anyone who doesn't give a whooping funt about what they wear onstage as long as they can deliver scorching performances is effin' awright in my book.

 
I remember seeing them during this period (Cornell's Barton Hall in 1979).  Skunk sat in an easy chair the whole concert.  And played really really well.

Blues rock meets Buddhist mysticism. Hmm. It shouldn't work but...I don't know if it does or not. A fence-sitting 5 from the Nottingham jury. Here's a link to the Wikipedia article on Bodhisattva if anyone's interested.
 Businessgypsy wrote:
Denny Dias and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter executed the searing solos on this one, Dias taking the spotlight position.

According to critic Viscount LaCarte (is that a real name?):
Arguably The Dan's hardest rocking tune (ostensibly about people dabbling in eastern philosophy as if it was a trifle,) opens their second album, allaying any fears that they were just a flash-in-the-pan. From the opening snare-hits to the closing ringing licks courtesy of Jeff Baxter, the record is just relentless. The high point of the song is Denny Dias' guitar solo, putting to rest any doubt that he was anything but an (garbled term) player. There are no words that can adequately convey the depth and breadth of his playing. Crank it up.


oops, see Boxman already covered this subject. Here it is again, for another perspective:
 Boxman wrote:
That first guitar solo (a "be-bop" solo) one of the most mind boggling things I have ever heard, and I mean that in the best way.  That is Denny Dias.  I would love to see some footage of him playing it live (which I have heard on audio) because I do not know how someone can move their left hand across so much real estate on a guitar's neck.  Just incredible.  The second solo, a more "rock" solo, is the great Jeff "Skunk" Baxter. 

I am a "late comer" with respect to Steely Dan, but the more I listen to them, the more impressed I am, especially given the talent displayed (not only by Becker & Fagen, but the incredibly talented musicians they had play on their albums).


  Jeff Baxter did his stint with the Doobie Brothers. At one point, he was so apathetic (or lazy) that he went onstage in his bathrobe and slippers. It didn't hinder his performance - if anything, it raised the bar for "underdressing." To me, anyone who doesn't give a whooping funt about what they wear onstage as long as they can deliver scorching performances is effin' awright in my book.

I'd love it if, when one clicks on the "Album Info" link, they'd actually get info on "Pretzel Logic" instead of "A Decade of Steely Dan." Feh...  I love the Dan (and never mind that the band's namesake is a dildo in "Naked Lunch"), and they're currently ON TOUR!!!! Quite the stellar batch of musicians and vocalists, too. Before I die, I want to see these guys in concert, because I've loved their music since "Can't Buy A Thrill."
Denny Dias and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter executed the searing solos on this one, Dias taking the spotlight position. Baxter is currently a Department of Defense consultant on guided missile systems. Taught himself and convinced the Pentagon Brass he had the "outta the box" viewpoint to add something to the mix.

According to critic Viscount LaCarte (is that a real name?):
Arguably The Dan's hardest rocking tune (ostensibly about people dabbling in eastern philosophy as if it was a trifle,) opens their second album, allaying any fears that they were just a flash-in-the-pan. From the opening snare-hits to the closing ringing licks courtesy of Jeff Baxter, the record is just relentless. The high point of the song is Denny Dias' guitar solo, putting to rest any doubt that he was anything but an (garbled term) player. There are no words that can adequately convey the depth and breadth of his playing. Crank it up.


oops, see Boxman already covered this subject. Here it is again, for another perspective:
 Boxman wrote:
That first guitar solo (a "be-bop" solo) one of the most mind boggling things I have ever heard, and I mean that in the best way.  That is Denny Dias.  I would love to see some footage of him playing it live (which I have heard on audio) because I do not know how someone can move their left hand across so much real estate on a guitar's neck.  Just incredible.  The second solo, a more "rock" solo, is the great Jeff "Skunk" Baxter. 

I am a "late comer" with respect to Steely Dan, but the more I listen to them, the more impressed I am, especially given the talent displayed (not only by Becker & Fagen, but the incredibly talented musicians they had play on their albums).

Well, Boxman - it's not Denny Dias, but this guy has some pretty good chops:

Kcar wrote: "but as I've gotten older I realize that Becker and Fagan were amazingly good."

Great couple of albums -this and their slinky first "big" single "Déjà Vu"-also the name of another platinum album.
 These guys were musician's musicians.


Very nice!
Didn't Rick Derringer also play on this song?
the horror. 
did he say china or vagina?

(actually like some of their other songs).

rating nil, anyway.